Verda Mae Larsen (June 29, 2020)

Verda Mae LarsenDecember 23, 1927 ~ June 29, 2020


1 Daughter – Marie (Warren) Madsen of Newton, IA
2 Sons – Philip (Genene) Larsen of Fontana, CA
Scott (Jeanine) Larsen of Harlan, IA
1 Sister – Lile (Richard) Petersen of Kirkman, IA
7 Grandchildren
14 Great-grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Verda Mae Larsen, daughter of Horace and Rose (Johnson) Petersen, was born on December 23, 1927, in rural Harlan, Iowa. She attended Jackson #1 rural school through the eighth grade, and graduated from Harlan High School in 1946. Verda took continuing education classes through Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and taught rural school for four years and substituted at New Park School for one year.

On March 14, 1948, Verda married James Richard Larsen at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Iowa. The couple farmed in Jackson Township, Shelby County, Iowa, for 15 years before moving to their farm in Center Township, north of Harlan in 1963. James died on October 14, 2011, in Harlan, and Verda moved into the Westridge Apartments in Harlan in April 2017.

Verda was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, where she served on many boards and taught Sunday School. She was a member of Myrtue Medical Center Auxiliary and volunteered for the bloodmobile. Verda often cleaned for and generally helped elderly friends. She loved to sew, quilt, knit, scrapbook, and work in her garden. Verda greatly enjoyed cooking and baking for family and friends, and she made sure everyone got something to eat when they came to visit. She especially treasured time spent with her family.

Verda M. Larsen died on Monday, June 29, 2020, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa. She had reached the age of 92 years, 6 months, and 6 days.

Verda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Larsen; 11 siblings; and two grandchildren. She is survived by one daughter, Marie (Warren) Madsen of Newton, Iowa; two sons, Philip (Genene) Larsen of Fontana, California, and Scott (Jeanine) Larsen of Harlan, Iowa; one sister, Lile (Richard) Petersen of Kirkman, Iowa; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

A private graveside service was held at the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Phillip Nielsen of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Harlan, officiating. Condolences may be left online at

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5 Responses to Verda Mae Larsen (June 29, 2020)

  1. Mary Lou Andersen says:

    My deepest sympathy to you. Verda Mae was a long time very good friends. Spent a lot of time with all of you when you lived new Jacksonville. We went to the same church and seen her a lot when we had the grocery store there and even after she move. She was a wonderful friend. Also seen her when she came to the eye doctor as I now work there and have for many years.
    Mary Lou Andersen ..

  2. Dena Schliesman & Family says:

    Marie, Scott & Philip, Our friendship with your mom goes way back – we moved from Harlan in 1983 after 15 years.. I sent her a note on her 90th and rec’d a nice response. Happy memories of our friendship. Dena Schliesman and Family

  3. Perry and Mary Ellen Kelley says:

    So sorry to hear of her passing. She was a very special lady. Thoughts and prayers to her family.

  4. Tom L Holdsworth says:

    Our prayers are with your family. Verda was a very good friend and blessing to my Mom.
    Tom and Julie Holdsworth

  5. Merlyn and Jeanette Knudsen says:

    Our sympathy and prayers for the family. There are many good memories of the Petersen family as Norma was one of my best friends. We attended Jackson No 1 country school and Verda was one of our teachers.
    Merlyn and Jeanette Knudsen

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